wrong, wrongly

wrong, wrongly
Wrong is both an adjective and an adverb. It is correct to say "That's the wrong attitude to take" and "Everything went wrong that day." Wrongly, an adverb only, should be used before a verb: "The word was wrongly pronounced." Wrong in its adverbial function is preferred over wrongly in a statement such as "I was quoted wrong," but wrongly is not incorrect in such constructions. Wrong appears in numerous everyday expressions that have become trite: "wrong tack," "get in wrong," "wrong side of the tracks," "in the wrong," and "go wrong." Possible substitutes for overworked wrong include wicked, sinful, unjust, reprehensible, evil, bad, crooked, iniquitous, and immoral.

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  • wrong — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not correct or true; mistaken or in error. 2) unjust, dishonest, or immoral. 3) in a bad or abnormal condition; amiss. ► ADVERB 1) in a mistaken or undesirable manner or direction. 2) with an incorrect result. ► …   English terms dictionary

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